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AP to launch sister organization to fundraise for state, local news

NEW YORK – The Associated Press announced today it will create a sister organization to fundraise for and support state and local journalism.

Governed by an independent board of directors, the 501(c)3 charitable organization will help AP sustain, augment and grow journalism and services for the industry, as well as help fund other entities that share a commitment to state and local news.

“The crisis in local news is only exacerbating. It’s AP’s role as the cooperative at the heart of the news ecosystem to both reinforce our own state and local reporting as well as support other organizations who share our commitment to local journalism,” said AP President and CEO Daisy Veerasingham. “State and local news is essential, both to the democratic process and to combatting misinformation. Simply put, it’s a public good.”

The new organization builds on AP’s work over more than five years to augment its journalism with philanthropic support.

Such support has allowed the global news organization to deepen reporting on key areas such as climate, religion, democracy, education and more. AP retains complete editorial control in all journalism it produces with philanthropic funding.

Today’s announcement follows several content sharing collaborations AP has recently announced with nonprofit news outlets across the U.S., including CalMatters, The Texas Tribune, South Dakota News Watch, Honolulu Civil Beat and others. These collaborations are aimed at expanding the reach of local journalism ahead of the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

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